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Last Edited by annie930ny February 15, 2016 at 07:09 AM
Major Update: It's been a while but there are some major upgrades with the TVpad, as well as changes to the benefits of the coupon code 15819288. Specifically, the TVpad 2 is now out with firmware update 3.70. The major upgrades are:

1. Join hands with WASU to provide massive genuine videos.
2. Equipped with a new smart CPU as well as high 3D graphics performance.
3. Can be used as game console to play motion sensing games.
4. Build-in VOIP, make free calls worldwide.
5. Build-in WiFi, easy to connect to home network wirelessly.
6. Better hardware so with shorter boot time and response much faster and play video more smooth than M121S.

(sourced from http://tvpadzone.com/english/intro/model.html)

The price of a TVpad2 is $259.

In the past, the coupon code 15819288 gives $30 off. Now for the better or the worse, it will instead give a gift pack worth $88 dollars with dozens of new apps for the TVpad2. Here is an access to the coupon details [tvpadzone.com]

Personally I prefer the $30 off, but seeing how Roku's top version (XD or XS?) is a $30 jump due to the motion sensor, I thought it was fair.

That said, make sure to read the buyer's notice before making the purchase, to be aware of compatibilities and scams:
http://tvpadzone.com/english/buy/index.html

PM me if you have any questions and I will answer based on what I know (I own 4 TVpads). All sources acquired from TVPadzone.

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Click here [tvpadzone.com] for details of the upgrades of M121S over M121. But in short:
-An all new App Garden providing large number of Apps for users to easily download and install
-Supports 3rd party apps of different cultures, including chinese, korean, and japanese
-Addition of User's Center
-CPU upgraded from TCC8901 to TCC8902
-RAM upgraded from 256M to 512M
-ROM increased to 2GB

Edit: A website [tvpadzone.com] with all information that you need to know about the TVpad in English. Visit it for summarized FAQs and other various topics including how to use the TVpad on your smartphone.

http://tvpadzone.com/


Edit: code 15819288 will now work until 06/30/2014

For Chinese users, TVPad is a new device that allow you to watch Hong Kong/Mainland channels live without any monthly subscription. I bought it myself approximately 4 months ago and am extremely satisfied with it.

In a new 2012 promotion, the originally price has been cut from $299 to $229. You can use the promotional code 15819288 at checkout of the official site to take off an extra $30.


This is their official website (it's in Chinese): http://www.tvpad.hk/tvpad/01/

Just thought I should share a very useful product that isn't very well known yet. Smilie

EDIT 02/06/12

Wow, I am absolutely fascinated and pleasantly surprised at the large amount of interest my fellow SDers have on the topic. I made this post during Chinese New Year and it has escaped my mind since then, and coming back to it, there was a lot of excellent reads.

I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the thread and it was definitely an eye-opener. In terms of the TVPad, there are definitely pros and cons depending on the type of user you are. Here are my two cents:

If you watch your TV shows and movies frequently on your computer, then the TVPad is not for you. There are more options out there (as greatly mentioned in the wikiboard) which are obviously more cost effective and might have more flexibility in terms of functions.

TVPad's main advantages I think is its convenience. I know many of my friends (myself included) prefer to watch things on the actual television unit after spending the whole day on my computer at work already. TVPad provides that genuine feeling I used to get when I used to live in HK. Compared to an old Chinese cable package I used to get, TVPad was a huge upgrade. I think it makes a good present for parents who are less tech-savvy or more old-school.

In terms of its reliability, there are plenty of reviews out there that I think people interested might find useful. If you can read Chinese, TVPad's forum is actually remarkably active with a lot of tech support. (tvpad.hk) I know there are concerns in regards to how long TVB/ATV channels will last; I personally think it is worth the investment because of its nonobligatory nature with no monthly subscriptions. I have been using it for about 4 months and don't have too many complaints as of now.

That said, I have tried some methods mentioned and they are very excellent alternatives as well. Of all options on the list, I was especially impressed by Sopcast.

Thank you for all the wonderful responses. Hope this thread help everyone one way or another, whether it's the product or the streaming methods provided here. Feel free to PM me if you have questions about my experience with the TVPad.
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Last Edited by winwin2 May 6, 2014 at 08:53 PM

TVpad Olympics "Buy and Receive" Promotion:
http://www.tvpadfans.com/forum.ph...romuid=439
English Translations: http://tvpadzone.com/english/buy-...-more.html




???? is no longer working and has been down for almost a month.
There seems to be quite a bit of confusion to what ???? is-- it is one of the Apps that give access to HK channels such as TVB and ATV. ??TV is another option and is working just fine and I can still watch these HK channels fine. Just thought this needed some clarifications.





Remember to rep the OP Embarrassment if it helps you...

Share viable ways of streaming Asian media:

0) This box is much better in picture quality, numbers of channels and on-demand contents. (Update: 05/06/2014)
Official site:
http://www.maige.tv/
To buy from here [aliexpress.com]

1) PPTV software + PC/Laptop hooked up to TV
2) BETV [ibetv.com] + Laptop hooked
3) Google TV+PPTV HD App
Download PPTV HD App: http://download.pptv.com/pad/android/ (Works for Logitech Revue!)
4) Asus OPlay with Universal Firmware
5) Patriot Box Office Forum with help from billcsho!! http://www.patriotmemory.com/foru...tv-content
6) Browser: Youku.com, Sohu for Korean Drama, http://www.cntv.cn for live CCTV
7) Sopcast: Download from http://www.sopcast.com/download.
- To watch TVB/ATV channels only:
a) Download the attachment hktv.zip and extract the hktv.htm to your computer.
b) Open the hktv.htm using Internet Explorer. Click Allow Blocked Content to run the ActiveX control.
- To change the Aspect Ratio:
a) Download http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ and install VLC.
b) Open Sopcast. Click on the option button to set the external player as VLC: Select "Use my own player" and point it to the VLC.exe in C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe or C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe.
c) Go back to the hktv.htm. Click on one of the channels on the right side. When it starts playing click on the external player icon on the Embedded Sopcast player. It should open VLC player and you can change Aspect Ratio to 16:9.
8) For Taiwan TV: http://5ik.tv
You get about 45 Taiwan channels including 5 of them are in HD picture quality.
for about $13/mo subscription.
Look for new coupon from:
http://5iktv.blogspot.com/
It can play on any web browsers in iOS/Android devices or computer.
Or, if you want to play on TV, buy a Roku box for as low as $50:
http://shop.roku.com/
Instruction:
http://5ik.tv/sta/Intro/#.ULfi2JIfbA4

TVPad Forums for Tech Support(In Chinese)
I am not sure how many people that can read Chinese, but i figure that i post their help forums here so people can get helps. Yes, i know, the website is in CHINESE, but i think they are working on to add English support soon:

TVPADFans [tvpadfans.com]

TVpad Zone [tvpadzone.com]

NO, I DON'T WORK FOR THEM. JUST TRY TO HELP OUT THE OTHERS!!

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For Cantonese programming, what other apps besides YueTV is there that has programming YueTV doesn't offer?
the other one was 36tv which I think carries Taiwan tv
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Has anyone tried to Ubox? Supposedly it has some tech to stop attempts to block it. Any reviews on it?
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#1818
Been using the Xiaomi mini cube since November.
After you install Shafa market, you get many China and Taiwan channels.
Not much in terms of HK programs tho if any.
Sells for around $60-$70 in US and $50 or less from China seller.
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Quote from dial218 View Post :
Been using the Xiaomi mini cube since November.
After you install Shafa market, you get many China and Taiwan channels.
Not much in terms of HK programs tho if any.
Sells for around $60-$70 in US and $50 or less from China seller.
can the Shafa market be installed on other Android devices such as the Nexus Player?

I can't read Chinese
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I believe so, although I don't know anything about the Nexus player, Shafa can be installed on other Android devices.

Quote from shadowgerm View Post :
can the Shafa market be installed on other Android devices such as the Nexus Player?

I can't read Chinese
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Quote from dial218 View Post :
I believe so, although I don't know anything about the Nexus player, Shafa can be installed on other Android devices.
I just installed shafa on mines and it does indeed work on the nexus player. However, not all the apps from shafa market will work on the nexus player. Some of the more popular ones just crash right away but others work fine.. just gotta look through. I did notice that some apps like youku tv wanted full control of your device and google account in the permission so i didn't install those.
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Can someone please provide an update on how I can watch Chinese channels and programming like TVB? My parent's had wanted to watch Chinese channels for the longest time, but I'm not technologically savvy at all so I never ended up getting them what they wanted. I hate feeling like I let them down! Our TV is actually still and old old box set. I'll do some research to finally buy a newer television!

Anyways, for the Chinese channels and programming I heard you can buy a TVPAD4 or the HTV3. Can someone verify that those devices work so one can watch Chinese channels? Which one do you recommend and why? Are they easy to hook up and use? I'm looking for something that I can pay a one-time fee for to watch Chinese channels whenever, as opposed to paying monthly fees. Again, I'm horrible with technology and electronics, so please chime in if you can help out. Thank you very much!
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Can someone please provide an update on how I can watch Chinese channels and programming like TVB? My parent's had wanted to watch Chinese channels for the longest time, but I'm not technologically savvy at all so I never ended up getting them what they wanted. I hate feeling like I let them down! Our TV is actually still and old old box set. I'll do some research to finally buy a newer television!

Anyways, for the Chinese channels and programming I heard you can buy a TVPAD4 or the HTV3. Can someone verify that those devices work so one can watch Chinese channels? Which one do you recommend and why? Are they easy to hook up and use? I'm looking for something that I can pay a one-time fee for to watch Chinese channels whenever, as opposed to paying monthly fees. Again, I'm horrible with technology and electronics, so please chime in if you can help out. Thank you very much!

TV are cheap and you can easily find a 48-55in for a few hundred. The day I found my TVPAD 2 & 3 useless I decided not to buy a TVPAD again. I purchased the HTV3 the week it came out and I am very happy with it and have recommended to many friends and they are also very happy with it. It's pretty much plug and play. It was $225 when I bought mine and recently I saw it down to $170 on ebay.
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TV are cheap and you can easily find a 48-55in for a few hundred. The day I found my TVPAD 2 & 3 useless I decided not to buy a TVPAD again. I purchased the HTV3 the week it came out and I am very happy with it and have recommended to many friends and they are also very happy with it. It's pretty much plug and play. It was $225 when I bought mine and recently I saw it down to $170 on ebay.

Thank you so much for your help! I live in California. So with the HTV3 I can watch TVB and many other Chinese channels whenever I wish? Is there a catch and how many years is streaming content from HTV3 for free supposed to last? What types of negative experiences could one possibly encounter? Can I just buy any HTV3 online, or are there certain ones that're better or worse? Also, are there any secrets, shortcuts, or other advice to using a device like the HTV3?
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Anyways, for the Chinese channels and programming I heard you can buy a TVPAD4 or the HTV3. Can someone verify that those devices work so one can watch Chinese channels? Which one do you recommend and why? Are they easy to hook up and use? I'm looking for something that I can pay a one-time fee for to watch Chinese channels whenever, as opposed to paying monthly fees. Again, I'm horrible with technology and electronics, so please chime in if you can help out. Thank you very much!
Are your parents looking for Cantonese programming? I got my parents a tvpad4 for that and AFAIK it's still working for them. Whatever you get, you want something which has some type of on demand recording of programs since being limited to watching live wouldn't work due to the time difference. Tvpad4 has that as you can watch live, watch on demand for channels from the past 2 or 3 days, or watch saved tvb series on demand like you would with shows on netflix.
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Are your parents looking for Cantonese programming? I got my parents a tvpad4 for that and AFAIK it's still working for them. Whatever you get, you want something which has some type of on demand recording of programs since being limited to watching live wouldn't work due to the time difference. Tvpad4 has that as you can watch live, watch on demand for channels from the past 2 or 3 days, or watch saved tvb series on demand like you would with shows on netflix.
Hello, we're originally from Hong Kong and my parent's are looking for Cantonese programming. My Chinese school friend originally told me about TVPAD a few years ago, but when I asked him about it recently, he said that they cut out all the programming or something. How is tvpad4 different than the older models (which I presume don't work anymore)? What is AFAIK? And I've never had a smart tv or used netflix before, so if you have any advice or suggestions for a complete newbie, it would be greatly appreciated. So, with your set-up, you have no monthly bills and you can watch Cantonese/Chinese programming (quickly and easily?) whenever you wish?
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Hello, we're originally from Hong Kong and my parent's are looking for Cantonese programming. My Chinese school friend originally told me about TVPAD a few years ago, but when I asked him about it recently, he said that they cut out all the programming or something. How is tvpad4 different than the older models (which I presume don't work anymore)? What is AFAIK? And I've never had a smart tv or used netflix before, so if you have any advice or suggestions for a complete newbie, it would be greatly appreciated. So, with your set-up, you have no monthly bills and you can watch Cantonese/Chinese programming (quickly and easily?) whenever you wish?
Basically due to the lawsuit, tvpad stopped supporting all the old models (tvad1/2/3) and only tvpad4 works now (presumably tvb gets a cut of the sales to allow that).

AFAIK=As far as I know

No monthly bills with tvpad. It works easily after you install the yuetv app. However the server is not always reliable as speed can be slow and sometimes you just can't access so you need to try again later. For most reliable you'd need to subscribe to TVB with your cable tv provider.
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